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Arrest made as woman on mobility scooter dies after 'hit-and-run' crash

By Dayna Farrington | Cannock | Crime | Published:

A woman on a mobility scooter has died after a suspected hit-and-run crash in Cannock prompting a police investigation.

Markings made by police investigators after the collision in Pye Green Road, Cannock, which claimed a woman's life

Officers confirmed they had arrested a man in connection with the fatal crash on New Year's Eve.

The victim, a 62-year-old woman, was struck at the junction between Pye Green Road and Saint Aidan's Road.

It is unclear at this stage whether the woman had been crossing the road when she was struck.

The collision happened at 6.30pm on the road opposite Moorhill Primary School.

The woman was hit by a car, believed to be a silver VW Golf.

She died at the scene, say Staffordshire Police, as officers appealed for witnesses.

Police arrested a 27-year-old man from Cannock, at around 2.45am on New Year's Day, on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and failing to stop.

He remained in custody for questioning today.

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The woman's family have been informed and will be offered support from specially-trained officers, the force has said.

Reporter Dayna Farrington was at the scene today:

Resident Jo Locke said: “Our neighbours said they thought it was fireworks because of a loud bang.

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“The only thing I can say is that the ambulance and police response was amazing.

"They really tried to save her - they were doing CPR for 20 to 30 minutes.

"They arrived here so quick - there were three or four ambulances.

“I don’t understand how it happened.

“I don’t know the lady but I think she used to be on her scooter around here with her granddaughter on her lap - I can’t imagine how the family feels.”

Taped off

One Pye Green Road resident said: “We heard lots of fireworks going off and then just as they stopped we heard a really loud noise.

“The road was all taped off last night. We couldn’t get out the house for a few hours.

“We don’t know who the lady is. I stand out here and talk to everyone who goes past and I can’t think who it could be."

Another added: “We came out the house and could see the lady lying in the road further down. The only thing we heard was a loud thud.

“They had lots of police taking pictures of the area and forensics.

“The road used to be a 20mph and it’s near the school. The road has got worse since they built the new estates.”

The collision happened at around 6.30pm on New Year's Eve

Paul Wright said: “We were out having a meal in Ironbridge at the time it happened.

"Our doorbell camera went off - so I looked and texted my neighbour to ask what happened, and they said someone had been killed.

“Our camera started recording when the ambulances were outside and then it shows more police coming.

“When we realised what had happened we tried to come after we saw it but they would not let us in the road.

"They walked us around to our house and we had to park down the road.

“We have seen the lady going past on her mobility scooter but we don’t know her.

“Any other time we would have been in the house, as we are always in.”

If anyone witnessed the collision or has any information that could help with the police investigation, including relevant dash cam footage, call 101 quoting incident 590 of December 31.

Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or at crimestoppers-uk.org

Dayna Farrington

By Dayna Farrington
Senior reporter based at Wolverhampton

Reporter for the Express & Star based at Wolverhampton.

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